Obama Orders Security Team to Play Offense

'The US will do more than simply strengthen our defenses'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2009 3:49 PM CST
President Barack Obama speaks to the media about the recent air travel incident, Monday, Dec. 28, 2009, at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
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(Newser) – Breaking his public silence on the issue, President Obama said today the US "will not rest until we find all who were involved" in the attempted bombing of a Northwest Airlines plane. He has ordered a comprehensive review of the terrorism watch-list system. "The American people should be assured that we are doing everything possible to keep you and your families safe," said Obama, wearing a blazer but no tie as he took a break from his vacation in his native Hawaii.

Obama said he had ordered "a thorough review of the overall watch list system and how it can be strengthened," but also told his administration to go on the offensive, and "keep up the pressure on those who would attack our country," the Washington Post reports. "Those who would attack innocent civilians must know that the US will do more than simply strengthen our defenses."

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